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How to spruce up the lawn for spring

Landscaper offers tips to get started this season

MADISON, Wis. - This year's winter combined with 2012's drought is creating challenges for anyone trying to get some yard work done.

With the promise of warmer temperatures, gardeners like Julie Thierer are heading outdoors.

"I love playing in the dirt," Thierer said as she cleared brush off her garden. "[I] get my grandkids out here to help sometimes."

Landscape architect Tim Eilbes of Madison said there are a few things residents should do to prep their lawns, and clean up comes first.

"Definitely go out and rake if you haven't done that yet," Eilbes said. "Pick up all the winter and natural debris that's on those lawns."

If the yard needs seed, Eilbes advised waiting for warmer days since the soil temperature needs to be at least 50 degrees.

If grass seed has already been planted, hold off any weed control.

"Be patient," Eilbes said. "It's going to take a little while for that seed to germinate. The second thing don't broad leaf herbicide your lawn. You're going to kill the new grass."

When it comes to weather, irregular seasons and varying precipitation can make gardening can be a gamble.

"Anyone who works the ground [knows] sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't," Thierer said. But sprucing up the yard for spring is still satisfying.

"It just feels good to see the rich soil and watch things grow," she said.

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